Carbon fibre bodywork

Words:
Jan-Carlos Kucharek

Cladding adds high-tech look

Architect Bond Bryan has given Sheffield University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) a high tech look, using over 1800m2 of Rodeca’s 40mm PC 2540-4 wall panels as rainscreen cladding and internal skin. The striking block, used to train young engineers for the energy and aerospace sectors and even Formula One, has been nicknamed ‘The Iceberg’ by students. The outer Bi-Colour Opal/ Kristall polycarbonate panels on its aluminium support grid have 20-year UV protection, are 200 times tougher than glass and allow up to 66% light transmission. And U-values of 0.36W/m2K cut energy loss by up to 80%. 

Latest

It has in the Netherlands, where Winy Maas, De Toeverlaat and other Dutch architects are repairing widespread damage in Groningen. It’s meant rethinking how buildings are commissioned and learning earthquake-proof design

What Britain can learn from the Dutch rebuilding programme

Direct action and a new sort of education are the only way to really tackle the climate emergency – patching up the old ways is nowhere near enough

Plugging the education gaps is nowhere near enough

Signing up to Architects Declare signed you up to this ­– but what is it and how do you achieve it?

How we can deliver an upward, regenerative cycle

Design decisions on materials are disproportionately damning the world to further climate change. Some stark numbers put it in context

Stark numbers put our response to climate change in context

The FlexStep morphs from a staircase into a wheelchair lift at the touch of a button, offering a space saving 2-in-1 solution for commercial and residential projects

Liftup's FlexStep 2-in-1 staircase and lift